If you missed it, check out SBG Does Proust (Part 1). For those who don’t know, the Proust Questionnaire is a set of 35 interview questions made famous by the responses given by French writer Marcel Proust.
This was a fun exercise. Some of my answers surprised me. Especially the one about my real life hero.
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My shoe size. I’d go down to a 7 ½.
- What do you consider your greatest achievement? Putting one foot in front of the other when my mind so often wants to curl up and hide in itself.
- If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? I’d come back as a yogi priestess or some such; live in an ashram and do penance for my debauchery and hedonism in past lives.
- Where would you most like to live? Once a year, I fantasize about running away to Seattle.
- What is your most treasured possession? Myself. Every time I’ve lost myself was painful.
- What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? The worst I’ve ever felt was when I believed my life wasn’t my own.
- What is your favorite occupation? Until someone discovers a way for me to get paid for doing whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like it, administrative work it is.
- What is your most marked characteristic? I’m a gifted conversationalist. I have a journalistic curiosity about human nature. I enjoy listening to people.
- What do you most value in your friends? My friends trust me enough to let me fling about and fall, knowing I’ll figure it out one way or another.
- Who are your favorite writers? JAY Z, Joan Didion and Joan Morgan
- Who is your hero of fiction? The morally ambiguous anti-hero archetype is a favorite. As is the seductress. If you put all this together, the answer is “Catwoman.”
- Which historical figure do you most identify with? Tweaking this and going with Greek mythology. Persephone. The naïve maiden who lands in the Underworld and becomes a queen by mastering the dark night of the soul.
- Who are your heroes in real life? I can’t believe I’m saying this, but my mother. She’s the most captivating person I know. I’ve spent most of my life trying to imitate her magnetism.
- What are your favorite names? I like gender neutral names. If I had kids, I’d have named a girl Peyton, Tyler or Ryan.
- What is it that you most dislike? Lately, the overvaluation of opinion pisses me off. Having an opinion does not give you the right to be cruel and antagonistic without consequence.
- What is your greatest regret? The words I never said. I rarely tell people how I feel about them when they make me angry, preferring to either get over it or get over them. There are a few folks who probably deserved a piece of my mind.
- How would you like to die? In my sleep. I’m not picky about when.
- What is your motto? “The game is the game. Always.” It applies to everything.